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Police Officer Who Shot Philando Castile Charged

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After months of investigation and protests Prosecutor, John Choi has charged the officer who shot Philando Castile with 2nd-degree manslaughter.

“My conscience tells me that it would be wrong for me to ask a grand jury to make this decision when I know what needs to be done,” Choi said.

Prosecutors have been considering charges against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who killed Philando Castile, 32, during a July 6 traffic stop in Falcon Heights. Castile was shot 7 times, Choi said. via- CBS

The whole incident was recorded live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend as she pleaded with the officer that he had a gun permit and was armed all while her daughter sat in the backseat. Yanez the officer who shot Castile who is Latino, lawyer Tom Kelley argues that his client was reacting to a presence of a gun. Tom Kelley also says his client thought he fit the description of an armed robbery suspect.

In my opinion. 

When you watch the video you can Yanez cursed at himself like he had made a mistake. A mistake that cost someone their life. He may not have racially profiled him that’s to be argued and proven in court but one can not deny as if race did not play a part.

Philando Castile death adds to the hundreds of black men and teens who have been killed at the hands of police officers across the country. There is a problem here and needs to be fixed. Only time and real justice will heal this. Knowing the justice system I will not be surprised if the police officer doesn’t serve any time and ends up just resigning.

 

 

What do you think of the of second-degree manslaughter charges? Do you think the officer will serve jail time?

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12 Year-Old Keedron Bryant Signed to Warner Records

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“OOHHH THANK YA” is all Keedron Bryant had to say on social media when news finally came out that he had signed a record deal with Warner Records.

Amidst all the difficult news we’ve been facing these past few weeks, we wanted to give you something to smile about. You might remember Keedron Bryant, the 12-year-old boy who went viral after posting a video of himself singing “I Just Wanna Live,” a song written by his mother that tells of being Black in America and just wanting to live.

Keedron’s performance was noticed by everyone from former president Barack Obama, who referred to him and posted the performance in a statement on the murder of George Floyd, to comedian Ellen Degeneres, who closed her show with his full video. 

Just when we thought this story couldn’t give us any more feels, it was announced that Keedron was officially signed to Warner Records and his viral hit would be released on all platforms Friday, June 19, otherwise known as Juneteenth, a day marking the end of slavery in America. 

Congratulations are definitely in order for Keedron Bryant.

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Netflix CEO Donates $120 Million to HBCU’s

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Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, along with his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million dollars in total to Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the United Negro College Fund. The $120 million will go towards scholarships for the students. Each college will get $40 million.

According to the United Negro College Fund, this is the largest single donation by individuals.

In a statement Hastings and Quillin said, “We’ve supported these three extraordinary institutions for the last few years because we believe that investing in the education of black youth is one of the best ways to invest in America’s future.”

This isn’t Hastings’ and Quillin’s first time donating to HBCU’s and minority education. In 1997, the two began supporting the KIPP charter school network which helps black and latino students. In 2016, Hastings created a $100 million dollar education fund for black and latino scholarships.

“HBCUs have a tremendous record, yet are disadvantaged when it comes to giving. Generally, white capital flows to predominantly white institutions, perpetuating capital isolation. We hope this additional $120 million donation will help more black students follow their dreams and also encourage more people to support these institutions — helping to reverse generations of inequity in our country,” says Hastings and Quillin.

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